|Mama and baby chick|
|view from porch|
DH and I spent this past weekend in the hill country at my daughter's place. It was her birthday and she was *thinking* about sky-diving on Sunday. I mentioned this in my previous post, and I have to admit, the idea of her jumping out of a plane kept me awake a few nights. She had thought about it (as had I in my youth), but never had an opportunity to seriously consider it. Since a few of her friends had decided to do it this weekend and since it was her birthday, she was considering it.
Well, she did do it... and it was grand.
Talking to them after, we got lots of different thoughts. My daughter was as much impressed (not sure impressed is the right word) with being crammed into such a small plane with other jumpers as she was with the jump itself. She was surprised with the force of the wind on her face in the free fall. I think she said her tandem partner said it was maybe 120-125 mph. Then when she was told to release her hands she was surprised that her arms flew out away from her at such force. Once the chute opened, they seemed to play around in the air a bit (at one point entering a cloud (which they didn't fall through as that was a no-no), but she was told to feel, smell, and taste it as they entered with the chute open.
When asked is she wanted to do it again, both she and one friend said it was an experience they couldn't quite describe and although they were both glad they did it, they felt no urge to repeat it. However, her other friend was hooked! She loved it and was ready to jump again right then and there - and plans to continue in the future. This friend's husband jumped also. He wasn't as taken with it as his wife. And he did mention (as my daughter did) that the force of the wind surprised him. He said that when they first jumped out, the wind was blowing so hard up his nose that he found it hard to breathe... and felt like he was under water. He opened his mouth to catch his breath, but then couldn't close it.
All in all, it was a beautiful day and I found it really neat watching them all jump in their colorful chutes. My grand daughter and I were very impressed. She is too young at 13 to jump now and apparently if you are over 65, you have to have a doctor's OK... so she and I are hoping to do it at a later date. So... I guess maybe I do have something on my bucket list. (BTW, DH is not considering it. I did ask if maybe he might want to do it for our 70th birthday this summer?? Apparently not.)
This next picture is us at a restaurant celebrating the birthday!
*new post on Mulberry days*